“Wait, Is That James Franco?” Some VMA Viewers Still Aren’t Sure Who Riff Raff is


Earlier this week, Britney Spears tweeted a video of her doing an impression of Woody Woodpecker. It’s great. No really, it’s actually pretty good. Katy Perry tweeted her approval of the impression, to which Spears responded, “You’re up next. You have 24 hours to do your best impression.” Perry took this very literal and showed up to the VMAs in the same outfit as Brit circa 2001. On her arm was Riff Raff, filling in for Spears’ then boyfriend Justin Timberlake’s, role.

Except not many people got that it was Riff Raff. Instead, a lot of VMA viewers thought it was James Franco, dressing up as his Spring Breakers role, Alien. This was a common misconception early last year, but it seems people still can’t tell the two apart. Here are a bunch of VMA viewers who still don’t know the difference between James Franco’s Alien, and Riff Raff.


  • Jeremy K

    I was going to say how are all these people so uneducated about popular culture. Then I remembered that this was the MTV music awards….

  • GogglesVK

    It’s a damn shame, because the Spring Breakers character was based on Riff Raff, and they didn’t give him any credit or anything.

  • connor

    that’s art, bud. let it go~

  • Frik

    So, you think it would actually be BETTER if people knew who Riff Raff is? ::shakes head::

  • Jeremy K

    Yes I think it would be better if people were informed. Just because Riff Raff isn’t all over the radio/MTV, they have no idea who he is….Sorry i’m not a big fan of radio music, ie the only music MTV ever plays, the times they rarely play music.

  • bleh

    you’re speaking as though riff raff is doing anything different than any of the mainstream artists.

  • Jeremy K

    Are you trying to tell me riff raff is similar to Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, etc?

  • Boogster

    Its a bit funny that its an mtv awards show and they don’t know him. I believe riff raff was on an mtv show at one point.

Latest News